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Hamas: In brutal al-Quds crackdown, Israel playing with fire

Iran Press TV

Monday, 10 May 2021 3:57 PM

A senior official of the resistance movement Hamas says by the aggressive treatment of Palestinians in Jerusalem al-Quds the Zionist regime is playing with fire.

Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy head of Hamas political bureau, made the remarks during an interview with Al-Aqsa TV, the official Hamas-run television channel, on Sunday evening.

Over the past few days the situation in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds and the holy al-Aqsa Mosque compound has been tense. Israeli forces have been brutally cracking down on Palestinians there.

The Hamas official, whose remarks were quoted by the Arabic-language Safa news agency, said the occupying regime "is playing with fire and tampering with Jerusalem al-Quds," warning that enforcing any destructive policy by Tel Aviv against the status quo of the holy city and al-Aqsa Mosque will be a most dangerous game for Israel.

Al-Arouri said the next battle would be the battle for Jerusalem al-Quds and its holy sites where all Palestinians from across the occupied territories would participate.

The Hamas official also underlined that the recent crackdown in Jerusalem al-Quds was the trigger for a battle in which the Israeli regime would inevitably be defeated.

"My message to the youth is to do what they can to support Jerusalem al-Quds and strike the occupier everywhere."

Hundreds of Palestinians have sustained injuries since Friday, when Israeli forces attacked Palestinians in al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The assaults have continued to date.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said hundreds more were wounded in fresh clashes on Monday that came ahead of a scheduled protest rally marking Israel's 1967 takeover of the holy city.

The provocations took a still dangerous turn after the forces attacked Palestinian homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood following a protest rally by Palestinians against a court ruling which allows Jewish settlers to take over Palestinian homes there.

Elsewhere in his remarks, al-Arouri said Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood belongs to the Palestinian nation and that Palestinians had been living there before the existence of Israel.

'Attacking al-Aqsa Mosque sign of Zionist regime's savagery'

On Monday, Muhammad Hamadeh, Hamas spokesman for Jerusalem al-Quds, warned Israel against crimes against Palestinians, stressing Tel Aviv would pay a heavy price for storming al-Aqsa Mosque and attacking Muslim worshippers at the site.

Israel is waging a "religious war against Palestinian worshipers" in the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds, he added. "Attacking al-Aqsa Mosque is the sign of Zionist regime's savagery."

Apartheid Israel must end heinous attacks on Palestinians: Turkey

Separately on Monday, Turkey lambasted Israel for its "heinous and cruel attacks" against Palestinians in Jerusalem al-Quds and the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

"To the Islamic world, we say: It's time to stop Israel's heinous and cruel attacks!" said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's press aide Fahrettin Altun on Twitter. The Turkish official called for collective efforts for the "apartheid" entity to be put "in its place."

The Turkish president himself had described Israel on Saturday as a "cruel terrorist" entity that was attacking Palestinians "in a savage manner devoid of ethics."

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Monday that Israel "must stop attacking Palestinians" in Jerusalem al-Quds.

"Israel bears sole responsibility for any violence," he said, calling on the international community to "act to stop this never-ending Israeli aggression against unarmed civilians in their own land."

Israel occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip during the Six-Day War in 1967. It later had to withdraw from Gaza but has been occupying the other territories since.

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